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Gun Safety

Seemingly in the news everyday now issues related to Gun Safety are more relevant than ever. For many the world of firearms is confusing and presents questions like what qualifies as an assault rifle and what does Stand Your Ground actually mean. Below you will find key terms, statistics, and other useful tools to understand and talk about Gun Safety. If you would like to know more, consider coming to an IYC event. Our next one can be found below in the section labeled Our Events. We host them virtually, on a wide range of topics, discussing policy, civics, and current events. 

Key Terms You Should Know

Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs):

Allow for the reporting of persons suspected of harming themselves or others, resulting in firearms being removed from their possession and further firearm purchases being prohibited.

Assault Rifle:

A light and portable military grade firearm. It can switch between semiautomatic and automatic fire allowing it to shoot ammunition more quickly.

National Firearms Checks:

Background checks conducted by NICS when an individual wants to buy a gun or explosive. The check verifies whether the buyer has a criminal record or is otherwise ineligible to own a firearm.

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry:

Open Carry refers to the right of adult citizens to display firearms in public without the need for a permit. Concealed Carry refers to the practice of carrying a concealed weapon in public either with or without a permit.

Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground:

States that individuals have the right to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect themselves. For CD it is limited to an intruder in their home whereas SYG is broader.


Moments In History

1791 - The Bill of Rights, including the 2nd Amendment, is ratified.

1968 - The Gun Control Act is passed, regulating interstate & foreign commerce of firearms.

2022 - The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is passed, considered a red flag law.

1949 - NRA and the NY Dept of Environmental Conservation conducted the first firearm training course for hunters.

1994-98 - The Brady Law is passed in 1994, with certain conditions removed in 1998.


Only 14% of people who live with a gun owner have been trained to safely use those firearms.

There have been more mass shootings this year in the U.S. so far than days in the year (as of 6/1/23).

Of the ten states with the highest murder rates by gun violence, eight are considered red states.

As of 2019, gun violence is the leading cause of child mortality in ages 1-19 yrs, beating vehicle fatalities.

CA, CT, HI, MA, NJ, NY, and RI are all within the top 10 states with the strongest gun control laws AND the top 10 states with the lowest gun death rates.





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Our Events



Further Resources

Gun Safety Infographic

Share what you have learned about Gun Safety. Our Infographic has been designed to be shared easily by printing, emailing, or posting on social media. Click on the image to view or download the PDF File. (Not for commercial use.)

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Popcorn & Chat Event Video

Our film event was insightful and fun! After watching It's Kind Of A Funny Story together, we discussed the film and what we learned about suicide prevention. Feel free to share this video with others! (Not for commercial use.) 

Take Action


Speak with a veteran -- perhaps in your own family -- willing to share their experience with guns.


Learn about the rules associated with gun ownership in your state (e.g., licensing, background checks, stand your ground & castle laws, etc.).

Hands Unity Friendship

Commit to one weekly action to promote gun safety!


Do more to end gun violence, such as: volunteer with organizations promoting sensible gun ownership, attend additional gun safety training if you own a gun, talk about someone who was killed by gun violence, etc.

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Share our Gun Safety Infographic with friends, family, and anyone and everyone you think would appreciate becoming more informed!

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